The Yankees are working towards a deal for the reigning National League MVP, Giancarlo Stanton. According to multiple reports, the package heading to the Marlins would consist of a mix of veterans and prospects. One of those potential veterans could be Starlin Castro. Jon Morosi is reporting that Castro’s name has surfaced in trade discussions.
Castro, 27, hit .300/.338/.454 with 16 home runs over an injury-shortened 2017 season. The second baseman has been a nice contributor for the Yankees, but in no way should he be considered irreplaceable. The talent coming back would far outweigh the production Castro provides.
There’s also a financial incentive to move Castro. He’s owed $21 million over the next two years, including a 2020 team option for $16 million. He could be a key to offset the luxury tax hit that Stanton’s mega-contract would take. It probably won’t clear all of the hurdles, but this is a nice starting place.
The deal isn’t at the finish line yet, but it’s apparently getting pretty close:
#Yankees are indeed making a move to try to land Stanton. Deal coming into focus— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 9, 2017
What do you think? Would you consider moving Castro for Stanton? How about other veterans? Let us know in the comment section and stay tuned for updates. It could be a busy night around here.